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Memphis Grizzlies PG Ja Morant has won the 2019-2020 NBA Rookie of the Year award.
No surprise here as Morant was the favorite to win the award after going for seasonal averages of 17.8 points, 7.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals, om 47.7% shooting on the year. Morant will be a top-30 selection next season in season-long fantasy formats as he looks to build off a spectacular year-one performance.
Ja Morant played the final four games with a broken right thumb.
Despite playing the last four contests with a broken thumb, Morant erupted in Saturday's loss to the Trail Blazers. He scored a career-high 35 points with eight assists and four rebounds in 42 minutes. "I can say I'm disappointed, definitely, with losing," Morant said. "Nobody likes to lose. But I mean, the positive side, we know we were right there. Just were two games away [from the playoffs]. So, we know we just go back to work and just get ready for next season." His broken right thumb did not slow him down, he averaged 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 10.3 assists and 1.5 injuries across four games with the injury. The 21-year-old is the favorite to win ROY, and expected to be fully recovered in time for the 2020-21 campaign.
Ja Morant dropped a team-high 35 points (13-28 FG, 3-6 3PT, 6-8 FT) along with eight assists, four rebounds, with eight turnovers across 42 minutes in a play-in game loss to the Trail Blazers on Saturday.
Morant was a force to be reckoned with in the play-in game, scoring in a multitude of ways to keep the Grizzlies in the game until late in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as the Grizzlies came up short on getting the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Morant is an exceptional talent and showed why he'll likely be the consensus rookie of the year this season. Morant finished the Bubble averaging 19.1 points, 9.9 assists, and 6.4 rebounds in eight games played. Morant should be a top-10 point guard for season-long fantasy players next season.
Ja Morant recorded a triple-double in Thursday's 119-106 win over the Bucks, scoring 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting, with 13 rebounds, 10 assists, and six turnovers.
Morant didn't shoot the ball particularly well in this one, but still managed to notch his second career triple-double. His teammate, Jonas Valanciunas, also recorded a triple-double in the win over the Bucks, which is the just the second time this feat has occurred, the first coming on May 21, 2019 when Stephen Curry and Draymond Green did so against the Trail Blazers. Morant and the Grizzlies will now face either the Trail Blazers or the Suns in a Western Conference Play-In game Saturday to determine who plays the Number one seed Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 26 points (7-13 FG, 1-4 3PT, 11-15 FT) and 13 assists Tuesday. He also added four rebounds, two blocks, and one steal in 42 minutes of play.
Morant's strong outing wasn't enough to lead the Grizzlies past the Celtics. He now has the chance to put up a big fantasy game against the Bucks on Tuesday which means much more to Memphis than it does Milwaukee.